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Ed Rampell

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Ed Rampell is a Los Angeles-based film historian and critic who contributes regularly to The Progressive; he created the Progie Awards in 2007 to highlight the year’s best progressive films and filmmakers. Rampell is the author of the 2005 book Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States and the coauthor of three other film history books, most recently The Hawaii Movie and Television Book.  

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“Zero Dark Thirty” was a despicable piece of pro-CIA propaganda, but with “Detroit” the filmmaker has redeemed herself. more

Aug 3, 2017 3:24 PM Dispatches

“Comedians can say things journalists can’t...They cut right to the chase, tell you what’s going on—and make you laugh about it.” more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Magazine

In concentrating their attention on Gore, the filmmakers have created a fawning depiction of a flawed politician. more

Jul 28, 2017 10:00 AM Dispatches

With stunning cinematography, bizarre sensuality, and heaps of humor, Jodorowsky recounts in creative, entertaining ways his adolescence growing up Jewish in Chile (his parents had emigrated from Russia) more

Jul 14, 2017 1:26 PM Dispatches

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Robbins and Moyers talk about their mutual distress over the current Attorney General’s opposition to bipartisan prison reform. more

May 18, 2017 5:33 PM Dispatches

"I hear this “Pow!” and look over and people are fleeing and I see Erin limping away, clearly in pain. I thought, Oh, my God! Why did they shoot Erin?" more

May 11, 2017 1:42 PM Dispatches

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Praxis Films

The image of Assange that emerges in "Risk" is complex, contradictory, controversial, and often troubling—and he may have severed ties with Poitras as a result. more

May 3, 2017 3:25 PM Dispatches

“This Land is Our Land! This Land is Our Land! It is not your land, because it’s our land! Because we bought it. That’s why it’s our land! This land belongs to him and me! ” more

Apr 25, 2017 10:24 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

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Mona Shaikh

Her work has been banned in her home country Pakistan, which she’s described as “a land of virgins,” and she’s even received death threats. more

Mar 23, 2017 9:12 AM Dispatches

Travel ban on Hades... more

Mar 9, 2017 12:00 AM Dispatches

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By presenting the often overlooked female indigenous point of view, the filmmakers of the Native Women in Film Film Festival are pathfinders, blazing new trails in cinema and culture. more

Feb 28, 2017 10:08 AM Dispatches 1 Comments

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Hollywood Reporter

Almost half of the 2016 tenth annual Progie Awards—which highlight progressive features, documentaries, and artists—have been awarded to African American talents. No “diversity drought” here. more

Feb 25, 2017 12:00 AM Dispatches

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Lightyear Entertainment

Celebrating its silver anniversary with a wealth of silver screen productions from around the world. Lots of good ones here for your movie list. more

Feb 16, 2017 3:43 PM Dispatches

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Hollywood Reporter

Instead of rewarding only glitz and glamour The Progie awards zoom in last year's best commentary on the human condition. Here are the picks for the year. more

Jan 19, 2017 12:00 AM Dispatches

Part great escape, part poetry in motion, the film shows a different side of the great poet’s revolutionary spirit. more

Dec 16, 2016 3:08 PM Dispatches

New documentary calls for a close examination of the role of the press in our democracy. more

Nov 4, 2016 2:33 PM Dispatches

The movie crosscuts between the desperate newcomers and longtime Italian inhabitants, who lead simple lives. more

Oct 25, 2016 2:36 PM Dispatches

Hollywood’s lefty bad boy has narrated a new work of fiction, "Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff." more

Oct 14, 2016 1:51 PM Dispatches

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